How to Get a Free Native Bulbs
- Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
- Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland
- Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, South Yorkshire
- The Home of Charles Darwin, Down House, Kent
- Eltham Palace and Gardens, London
- Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, Warwickshire
- Kenwood, London
- Osborne House, Isle of Wight
- Walmer Castle and Gardens, Kent
- Witley Court and Gardens, Worcestershire
- Wrest Park, Bedfordshire
This give away is all part of English Heritage’s campaign that is working to save historic and native bulbs. There are varieties of daffodil and bluebell that are currently at risk of being wiped out by newly introduced hybrids and non-traditional varieties that are growing aggressively across the UK.
How to Plant Daffodils
Native English daffodils, Narcissus pseudonarcissus.
Native English Daffodil bulbs will thrive when planted in the right place; just look at the sunny banks that cover parts of the UK in the spring!
- Choose an area where the soil is moist and free draining
- Break up compacted soil
- Add well-rooted manure or compost
- Sunny or semi—shaded spot
- At least 3 hours of full sun every day (daffodil bulbs just won’t flower in less!)
- Top-dress in the spring with a good quality, slow-release bulb fertiliser
- Reaches a height of 20-25cms
How to Plant Bluebells
Native English bluebells, Hyacinthoides non-scripta.
Ever walked through a woodland in spring and been amazed at the waves of blue? You’ve seen a native English bluebell! It seems that the native English bluebell has quite the mass appreciation too! In 2002, it was declared the nation’s favourite wild flower in a poll conducted by Plantlife. We really must do what we can to save this beautiful flower (might as well pop along and pick up a free bulb!)
- Anywhere from open areas to woodland walks
- Lightly shaded spot
- Flowers in April/May/June
- Reaches a height of between 30-60cms
Out of the whole list of English Heritage locations where you can pick up a free daffodil bulb or a free bluebell bulb, Osborne House on the Isle of Wight has to be my favourite. There is something to do there whatever the weather. The house has been preserved fantastically and ‘someone’ has told me that the cream teas are out of this world! The gardens are absolutely stunning, and you can be sure of gleaning some inspiration for your own corner of England. On a beautiful summers day, you can go down to the shingle beach that belongs to Osborne House and even see the bathing machine where Queen Victoria used to get changed.
Wherever you choose to visit to pick up a free daffodil bulb or a free bluebell bulb, you are sure to have a wonderful day out. If you can’t visit one of these locations, you can still join in with the spirit of this campaign and plant native and traditional bulbs and plants in your garden. Native English daffodil bulbs and native English bluebell bulbs are an easy way to join in!